Are You Afraid of the Dark? You Should Be…

Keep out of the shadows and avoid spoilers. This is good advice coming from the latest two part Doctor Who episodes, “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead”. In these episodes the Doctor and Donna encounter creatures so deadly, the best advice he has is to run. From a man as resourceful as the Doctor, this is a very bad sign.

Doctor Who and Professor River Song

SPOILERS…

Who turned out the lights? Who is Professor River Song? How well does she know the Doctor? A former lover or even a wife, perhaps? Who is the little girl and Dr. Moon? And who or what is Cal? What about the 4022 souls saved? What does this mean? What is waiting in the shadows? What is ghosting? So many questions….and I can’t give away any spoilers.

These episodes are all about spoilers. It begins with the Doctor not wanting to give Donna any spoilers as they land at the Library, the universe’s largest library. A planet sized library housing every book ever written. A library that is unusually quiet. Donna and the Doctor find the sprawling archive completely absent of life…or is it?

CROSSING TIME LINES…

The sudden arrival of an archaeological team, headed by Professor River Song, coincides with the Doctor and Donna’s visit. Professor Song and her team have come to investigate the disappearance of over four thousand people from the Library. The plot twists as you discover that she not only knows the Doctor but she sent for him. Her plea for help arrived too soon, though. You see, River Song knew the Doctor in her past, but his future. The action accelerates as the team as well as Donna and the Doctor realize just how dangerous the Library is.

COUNT THE SHADOWS…

Hidden in the shadows of the Library are the Vashta Nerada, creatures that exist on all worlds where life dwells. Where there is meat, you’ll find the Vashta Nerada. These piranhas of the air hide in the darkness, waiting to devour their prey. They aren’t in every shadow but they could be in any shadow. They are responsible for the silence in the library. As members of Professor Song’s team fall victim to their ferocity you realize that they are very hungry.

THE HEART OF A CHILD…

All of the activity in the Library is being observed by a young girl from the relative safety of her home. Her reality keeps shifting from the danger and death stalking the Doctor to her comfortable, quiet house. Her father has called a doctor, Dr. Moon, to help with her hallucinations. It soon becomes apparent that what is real and what is an illusion isn’t always so clear.

FINAL IMPRESSIONS…

I liked the two part episode but I thought they all, particularly the Doctor, seemed a little dense. One of the things I love about Doctor Who is how sharp he is. He sees connections that the rest of us take for granted. Surely, one of the benefits of living for nearly a thousand years and being a time traveling trouble maker. This episode would have been better as a single episode. With faster resolutions and more action, the suspense would have been heightened. Seriously, if anyone’s going to understand convoluted time lines, it’s Doctor Who. Overall, it’s a good episode with a lot of interesting tidbits for fans but it could have been better.

WHAT’S NEW, DR WHO?

One final note, The doctor eventually takes care of the trouble in the Library but I think it should be pointed out that perhaps Professor River Song called the wrong person to help. The Scooby Gang has experience with this kind of thing!

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